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Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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"[A] witty and wise new primer" (The Washington Post)
“[A] must-read on the ever-evolving movie industry…accessible and entertaining…Obst pulls back the curtain on an industry built on lies and illusion, allowing readers to get in on the ongoing joke.” (Publishers Weekly)
“From her unique perch as a maker of real movies—not sequels, prequels, or reboots—Lynda Obst explains why the movies we all loved growing up don't get made anymore. With her sharp wit, she gives an inside account of how the industry has changed but also offers hope that Hollywood will meet the challenges of the digital age and the global marketplace. If you love movies, this is a must read.” (Arianna Huffington)
"A useful primer if you haven't quite figured out why so many blockbusters take place in China these days.” (Forbes)
"A real pro—Lynda Obst—has written a realistic book about making film into reality in these days of extremes....She describes what might, may, will happen...A wonderful text book full of mysteries, loss and longing. I just couldn't stop reading it, even though I have never had movie-making impulses." (Liz Smith, Huffington Post)
“If you find yourself reaching for any excuse not to walk into a movie theater these days, here's producer Lynda Obst to explain why in her wildly readable X-ray of contemporary Hollywood. A must read for anyone wondering what happened to the movies we used to love.” (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls)
“Written in warm, conversational prose, Obst’s tales from the movie front together offer an engrossing look at the state of the entertainment industry today.” (Booklist)
“Obst...casts a sharp eye over recent developments in Tinseltown. Depth of detail and shrewd illustrative examples make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movie business.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Top Customer Reviews
In this book she examines the trends that are changing Hollywood and not to the better for people like me. Maybe the most salient fact is the percentage of foreign viewership going from 20% to over 50% so character stories where the dialog doesn't translate well are very difficult to get made in this environment given the high cost to produce movies. Another subject touched briefly but well is the trends in financing movies and the micro movie trend.
Also interesting is her move to television producing as she sees her movie job disappear. This is followed by great dialog about her relationships as an on site producer at different studios. Just look at the great and popular series being done on TV like "Breaking Bad" to see where some talent is now being directed.
Overall, this is the ultimate current book about the movie business, the good and the bad. I couldn't recommend this book higher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as her first book "Hello, He lied" is the best book written about a studio producer navigating the political games played and survival in Hollywood, Lynda Obst's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jon Stevens Alon
A cogent and exhaustive account of the transition from the old Hollywood paradigm to the new world of sequels and mega-budget tentpole films. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen David Brooks
Fascinating peek behind the scenes in the new Hollywood - not as illuminating as I expected when it comes to analyzing causes and consequences, with very little perspective on... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alberto Farina
Lynda Obst's second book is a gem. If you really want to know the inner-workings and future of Hollywood, this book is the one to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Janet